HoooBoy, there, I said it. Now I’m stuck aren’t I?……Yikes!
I have been feeling like my freezers, pantry and refrigerator are FULL of food and so when I saw that MoneySavingMom and FishMama have teamed up to host an “Eating from the Pantry” Challenge, I decided that that was just the motivation I needed and you all are just the accountability partners I needed to pull it off. Thanks!
The hosts have made it clear that this isn’t about only eating from the pantry, but about being more purposeful in using what you already have. With that thought, and more thoughts on what others are doing here, I have made up my own rules for how this challenge will look for my family.
Ways to not spend money:
1. meal plan
I’ve been hit and miss with this one, so hopefully this challenge will make this a habit
2. use beef from freezer
We bought half a cow a few months ago at $2.45/lb. We’re good on meat for a while
3. use dried beans from cupboards
I’ve never used beans except from a can, but I’ve bought them intending to do so!
4. use frozen veggies from freezer
Was that redundant?
What I will be spending money on:
I’m thinking 4 lbs. for the month
Apples, pears, whatever fruit is on sale
We eat lots of salad around here
I’m sure there will be something else that will cross my mind later that I won’t want to do without, but we’ll see. Basically, I am going to try really hard to meal plan for the whole month so I have an idea of how much to give myself for grocery money. I’d like to cut my grocery budget in half, which would then be $25 per week for 2 adults, a three year old and a two year old.
How exciting! Anyone else want to join me and the other bloggers who are taking the challenge as well? Go on over to MoneySavingMom and take the plunge!
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